The Working 'Round A Problem (WRAP) box contains 250 thought-provoking problems organized into 6 sections (number and operations, patterns, functions and algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability) that align with the NCTM content stands. The thought-provoking problems, presented on individual cards, are designed to complement any mathematics program in grades five through high school algebra and geometry. .
Teachers may use these problems in a variety of ways:
- as a warm-up to your lesson;
- as extension problems;
- as a discussion tool for multiple solution strategies; and
- as a means to help student improve in constructed-response assessment items.
The problems in WRAP encourage students to go beyond getting a "correct" answer. They can serve as springboards to have students reason mathematically and can prompt discussions of solution strategies. Some problems have more than one possible solution, which can lead students to assess the reasonableness and appropriateness of an answer as well as to generalize patterns found across possible answers. Many have more than one solution path, giving students opportunities to choose strategies they prefer.